Message for December 2021

From Your Vernon Township High School Administrative Team

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Welcome to December!

Greetings, VTHS!

We continue to encourage all of our students to become active participants in school so they will develop a sense of belonging while attending Vernon Township High School. A list of extracurricular activities is available on the district website. Please be sure to encourage your children to get involved in their school!

As we look ahead to the middle of the school year, please mark your calendars for VTHS Midterms, which will be scheduled for the week of January 31, 2022.

Wishing you all the best as we continue working together for the 2021-2022 school year,

Pauline F. Anderson, Danielle Colte, and Nicholas M. Demsak

December 2021

Action for Happiness Calendars...

...will be shared with you each month. They truly bring messages of hope and are replete with exceptional ideas to enrich your life--and the lives of those around you! Be sure to take a moment to review and/or print them out for your use throughout the month.

This month, they're encouraging you to carry out small acts of kindness. This has been another difficult year of uncertainty and ups and downs for many of us. Kindness is contagious, and helping others has been proven to make us feel better too! Let's try to focus on being generous with our time and attention rather than money - it's free and better for everyone, as well as our planet!

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Do Good December

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Some December Dates to Remember:

Wed., December 1...................SCCC - during Unit Lunch - McGuire Technical Educ. Programs

Thurs., December 2.................SCCC - during Unit Lunch - Health Science Programs

..................................................Juniors & Seniors Movie Night - 6:00 pm - Auditorium

Fri., December 3......................VTSD TECH AWARENESS DAY

..................................................SCCC - during Unit Lunch - The NEW Culinary Institute

Sat., Dec. 4 & Sun., Dec. 5.......WELLNESS WEEKEND - Time to enjoy your family and friends!

Tues., December 7..................Band & Orchestra Concert 7:30 pm Auditorium

Wed., December 8..................Computer Science Stem Night 5:15 pm - 8:00 pm

Thurs., December 9...............BOE Work Session 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Lounsberry Hollow

Fri., December 10...................Orchestra Concert 7:00 pm Cafeteria

Sat., December 11.................VTHS Girls Athletics hosts A Day of Holiday Fun -12:30- 4pm

Wed., December 15...............Choir Concert 7:00 pm Auditorium

Thurs., December 16..............SCA Zoom Meeting 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Monday, December 20 through Thursday, December 23 -- VTHS Spirit Week!

Thurs., December 23..............Early Dismissal- Winter Pep Rally

Fri., December 24....................District Closed/Winter Recess

Mon., December 27 ................District Closed/Winter Recess

Tues., December 28-30.......... School Closed/Winter Recess

Fri., December 31....................District Closed/New Year's Eve

Mon. January 3.......................School Reopens

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Get in the Holiday Spirit during the 2021 VTHS Spirit Week - sponsored by the Mrs. Riegler and the Student Council!

Monday, December 20th.....wear Holiday Pajamas or Onesies

Tuesday, December 21st.....wear Winter Gear

Wednesday, December 22nd.....wear your Ugly Sweater

Thursday, December 23rd.....wear your Pep Rally shirt* or Frosty the Snowman clothing!

*these will be on sale shortly!


SCCC will be coming to VTHS during Unit Lunch November 29th, December 1st, December 2nd and December 3rd. Be sure to stop by Room 212 for further information about these offereings and programs for SCCC incoming students.

Tech Awareness Video


Take a few minutes to review this wonderful video to explain these upcoming events! Enjoy!


On Wednesday, December 8th from 5:30 - 7:30 VTHS Robotics Team is hosting an interactive family STEM Night in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. All ages are welcome!


The VTHS Girls Athletic Teams are organizing a Day of Holiday Fun featuring Santa and "Elf"! Be sure to join us for crafts, music, games, food, visits with Santa, and a viewing of "Elf"! Come out and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon!

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Behind the Scenes at VTHS

VTHS Students Represent at All Sussex County Choir!

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VTHS Choir Updates

  • Eight VTHS Choir students recently performed a concert with the Sussex County High School Honor Choir at Kittatinny Regional HS. This choir featured some of the top singers from each of the Sussex County high schools. The students rehearsed for the concert in just 4 combined rehearsals - and they sounded great! Participating students were Aalyiah Gallagher, Megan Hertlein, Sky Port, Hope Rivera, Kelsie Shinall, Dylan Tomza, Brianna Van Orden, and Kailey Vogel.

  • The VTHS Choirs are working hard in preparing for their Winter Concert on December 15 at 7 pm in the VTHS Auditorium. Admission is free. Come out to hear some festive holiday music and to support these students in their first indoor concert in two years!

On Sunday, November 14th, the VTHS Green Team hosted a Pumpkin Smash to help residents "green" their Halloween! The event was a sustainable and enjoyable way to celebrate the season. Thank you, Mrs. Brown and the Green Team and Mr. Demsak and CFM!


1. TSA/TCNJ Leadership Conference Design Challenge 1st Place in the state.

Design Brief:

Plan, design, and create a transportation device that will successfully deliver three different types of candy into a one-gallon container six feet away. You will have a maximum of 2 minutes to deliver two pieces of each kind of candy. Judges will be using a stopwatch to time your
testing. The faster you finish, the better.

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2. TCNJ Jr/Sr Design Challenge- 4th in the state.

The premise of the competition:

Your group is tasked to design a prototype and the interior plans for a mobile integrative STEM truck that could deliver the mobile learning space to a school parking lot. The final deliverable must include a 3D model of the truck as well as drawings of the interior layout. Each truck prototype should have a particular theme related to the STEM fields. Your group should also design “a menu board” that is displayed outside of the truck with the activities of the day.

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This was the presention from VTHS to this year's TCNJ 2021 Design Challenge. They had 3 days to design a STEM vihicle in order to bring STEM education to schools throughout New Jersey. The students researched, buildt and prototype in just 3 days!

VTHS Engineering Design Challenge; STEM Truck 2021

Congratulations to Mr. Jon Bruno and our talented engineering students! We are proud of all of you!


Mrs. Ryder's Culinary III and Skills USA & Mrs. Jalbert's Culinary II Students Create Delicious Pies for Many to Enjoy!

Students in Mrs. Jalbert's and Mrs. Ryder's classes worked hard on their Pie Fundraiser at VTHS. Forty-seven pies were sold, including apple, blueberry, cherry and pumpkin; each pie could be ordered with a crumb topping, lattice or solid top crust.

Thank you, one and all! The pies were delicious and greatly enjoyed during VTHS Thanksgiving dinners!

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Jets Tackle Bullying

The Jets Tackle Bullying program presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union is a collaboration with STOMP Out Bullying to tackle all forms of bullying by raising awareness, providing tools for educators, and preventing bullying for kids and teens.

To date the Jets have hosted 5 educator symposiums with over 1,000 educators participating, conducted 25 school visits reaching over 10,000 students directly since 2015 and donated over 1,750 STOMP Out Bullying educator toolkits to schools with the potential to impact nearly 800,000 students. Additionally, the Jets have provided more than 27,000 tickets to schools for incentives for students who are upstanders.

For November, Caylee Walker is the Upstander of the Month for VTHS; Caylee was nominated by Mrs. Laura Merck. Congratulations, Caylee!

Stay tuned for VTHS's December Upstander of the Month!

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Photos from the VTHS Media Center - November 2021

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Fall Viking Club Award Recipients

Left to right:

Lexi Moskovitz (Volleyball), Emily Walker (Soccer), Pam DeMattheis (XC), Dylan Mann (Soccer),

Jeremiah Carfello (Football), Kaylee Losco (Cheer), Cristian Vintimilla (XC) and Julia Gregory (Field Hockey).

Not Pictured - Brianna Van Orden (Tennis)

Congratulations, one and all!

Third Annual VTHS Baseball Fall Clean Up Service Project!

We would like to share the great things that Coach Steve Myren and our Vernon Baseball players were able to accomplish during two Sundays in November.

Forty players were able to clean up ten yards for families through Vernon. Players from the middle school age teams helped out at two of the houses, which allowed Mr. Hardin to talk to the team about his coaching days. Mrs. Gebhardt came to help out at her parents house and their neighbors. The Myren children came to help out too!

We are very proud of these players and what they were able to do for our community. Please enjoy some pictures from these clean-up events!

Third Annual VTHS Baseball Fall Cleanup Service Project

Please click on this link to enjoy the photos from these inspiring events!

Congratulations to our VTHS Cheerleaders!

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Congratulations to our Competition Cheer Team on taking the Grand Championship at West Milford last month and being honored with the Spirit Award in honor of Jo Anne Poppy!

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Students may pre-order lunch before 9:00 am to be picked up and enjoyed during Unit Lunch.


Please use this link to view the VTHS Student/Parent/Guardian Handbook throughout the school year.


All eligible juniors and seniors will be permitted to park on campus if they complete and/or provide all of the necessary Parking Registration materials listed below, including Random Drug Screening and attendance at a Share the Keys presentation. At this time, we do not have any additional Share the Keys presentations scheduled.

All vehicles parking on campus should be registered at this time. All students must complete and submit the necessary paperwork in order to receive a parking pass for the 2021-2022 school year.

Each eligible driver must present the following information in order to obtain a parking decal to be permitted to park on campus:

  • A completed PARKING REGISTRATION form (see below)
  • A COPY of a valid DRIVER'S LICENSE
  • A COPY of the CURRENT REGISTRATION for the car
  • A signed copy of the RANDOM DRUG TEST form (see below)
  • Proof of participation in the SHARE THE KEYS' Program

If your child would prefer to pick up hard copies of the Parking Registration and Random Drug Test Form, please have them stop by the main office.

Student drivers should gather all information and return the completed forms to the main office. Mrs. Linda Hopper will be there to answer all questions and assist our student drivers!

Help the VTHS Class of 2022 by Purchasing VTHS Spiritwear!

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Holiday Gratitude Practices

The approaching holiday season can be a stressful time of year. These resources from Good Grief may be helpful to you, your loved ones, or your friends. Please feel free to share them.

NJM Safety Saves Website

Visit this NJM Insurance Group website and check out the Just Drive PSA contest. NJ high school students could win a $15,000 first place, a $10,000 second place, or a $5,000 third place prizes!

ESCA and SCA News


Please join us in welcoming this year's VTHS SCA Board:

President - Dianne Falcone

Vice President - Keren Gonen

Treasurer - Joanne Jarosz-Quaranta

Recording Secretary - Dayna Germinario

Corresponding Secretary - currently open*

*If you are interested in serving in this capacity on this 2021-2022 board, please contact Ms. Falcone at

We look forward to another successful year as we work with our SCA board members!

The VTHS SCA will be meeting via Zoom for the remainder of the school year. Please contact Dianne Falcone if you are interested in receiving the link.

Thank you!

ESCA Website

This website contains the most up-to-date information from our Executive SCA. Be sure to visit their website frequently throughout the school year!

In closing...

...please reach out if we may be of any assistance throughout the school year. Enjoy a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends!
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